With just about a week until campaigning for the Rajabala by-election, all parties in the fray have eschewed huge political rallies and are now meeting constituents in their homes in an effort to win the mandate on voting day, October 30.
The eschewing of large political rallies was also largely due to the pandemic situation as well as a warning from the election office asking all parties to follow Covid-19 protocols.
The NPP’s campaign has been bolstered by the presence of almost all of its MLAs from Garo Hills coming to the ground in an effort to woo voters. This morning saw NPP MLAs, Thomas Sangma, Marcuise Marak, Rupert Momin, Rakkam Sangma as well as SG Esmatur Mominin meeting with Rajabala constituents to seek votes for their candidate, Abdus Saleh.
The Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma, has been lodged in the plain belt in an effort to drum up support for the party’s candidate, Abdus Saleh.
The UDP was not far behind with home minister, Lakhmen Rymbui and Ranikor MLA and MDC, Pius Marwein visiting homes in the plain belt area for their candidate, Ashahel D Shira. They also held small locality meetings in their efforts to win votes. More UDP leaders are expected to visit the constituency in the coming days.
The Congress too has had many of its local representatives of Garo Hills as well as former MLAs, AT Mondal and Deborah Marak pitch in to ensure the votes came to the Congress kitty. MPCC chief, Vincent Pala, former Assam minister Rekibul Hussain and Wajed Ali Chaudhury along with former Meghalaya CM, Dr Mukul Sangma, are also expected to come to the constituency in the coming days. However, the dates of their arrival are yet to be confirmed.